Demand Press Stop Covering Trump Briefings Live
Recent polls show that a majority of Americans approve of Trump's handling of the COVID-19 crisis. How can that be? His performance has been horrifying. It's simple: the press/media covers Trump's daily briefings live. And that allows the liar-in-chief to spew propaganda; mostly unchallenged.
There are those out there out who agree. But enough of us. We have to speak up.
And why does the media cover Trump's briefings live? Just ask the NY Times. They are ratings gold:
President Trump is a ratings hit, and some journalists and public health experts say that could be a dangerous thing. Since reviving the daily White House briefing — a practice abandoned last year by an administration that bristles at outside scrutiny — Mr. Trump and his coronavirus updates have attracted an average audience of 8.5 million on cable news, roughly the viewership of the season finale of “The Bachelor.” And the numbers are continuing to rise, driven by intense concern about the virus and the housebound status of millions of Americans who are practicing social distancing. On Monday, nearly 12.2 million people watched Mr. Trump’s briefing on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC, according to Nielsen — “Monday Night Football” numbers.
There are prominent voices in the press that are calling for an end to the coverage:
Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan is calling on networks to stop airing President Trump's "dangerous, destructive" coronavirus press briefings. "More and more each day, President Trump is using his daily briefings as a substitute for the campaign rallies that have been forced into extinction by the spread of the novel coronavirus," Sullivan began her column on Saturday. "These White House sessions -- ostensibly meant to give the public critical and truthful information about this frightening crisis -- are in fact working against that end."
This from the Rolling Stone:
Trump’s showing on Friday makes this much clear to any media outlet looking to do well by its audience: It’s time to stop carrying his coronavirus briefings live. Cover them, edit out the bad information, and give the American people only the essential information (such as Dr. Fauci’s warnings and updates) that they need to deal with the crisis. To continue to air them in real-time, unedited, is to actively confuse and mislead the American public.